Magda Cocco > VdA > Lisbon, Portugal > Lawyer Profile

Rua Dom Luis I, 28
1200-151 Lisboa
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Work Department

Telecoms & Media


Head of Practice of Information, Communication & Technology


Head of Practice of Information, Communication & Technology, Magda has in-depth knowledge and experience in the e-communications industry across several jurisdictions, particularly Portugal and the Portuguese-speaking countries.Having led multidisciplinary teams in different projects, and assisted Governments and Regulatory Entities in connection with the definition of regulatory policies and legislative drafting, she has also advised various International Telecommunications Union and other international entities’ surveys.

Magda has provided expert advice to companies and public entities across different industries on Data Protection&Cybersecurity, assisted several entities in connection with governance matters and data-related strategies, coordinated compliance programs and assisted public and private entities in connection with Cybersecurity threat situations. Magda has also been involved in innovative technological projects with implications in these areas, and in the definition of legal policies and legislative drafting in various countries.Magda has been involved in various Space sector projects, including the negotiation of contracts for satellite construction and launch and for the installation of ground stations, and assisted Governments in connection with the definition and drafting of Space-related strategies and legislation.


English, French, Spanish


Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association.
Admitted to the Timor-Leste Bar Association (Conselho de Gestão e Disciplina).


Law Degree, University of Lisbon, Faculty of Law.
Strategic Space Law Program, Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University (2014).
Compact MBA for Law Firm Leaders, Porto Business School and VdAcademia (2014).

Lawyer Rankings

Portugal > TMT

(Hall of Fame)

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VdA‘s information, communication and technology group has a breadth of expertise that ensures a steady flow of work from clients in the aerospace, aviation, postal and emerging technologies sectors, alongside the more traditional sectors of TMT. Three partners oversee the department’s work: Margarida Couto is an expert in public procurement and has handled first-of-their-kind transactions in the telecoms sector; Fernando Resina da Silva is the key contact for technology matters; and Magda Cocco is a noted name in the country’s aerospace sector, drafting legislation in that area. Lusophone Africa is an important focus for the practice, with a number of important recent projects in Cape Verde, Mozambique, Angola and São Tomé and Principe. Tiago Bessa was promoted to partner in 2021.

Portugal > Data privacy and data protection

(Leading individuals)

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VdA maintains its leading position in the market, showcasing longstanding expertise in privacy, data protection and cybersecurity matters. The sizeable department stands out for its wide-ranging sectoral knowledge, leading advice to key players from the banking, pharmaceutical, insurance, retail and energy sectors in Portugal and abroad. The firm’s capabilities not only cover data protection impact assessments, but also include assistance in the context of M&A and technology transactions with data protection implications, as well as risk management in relation to cyber attacks and data breaches. As a response to the increasing number of cyber incidents, the firm developed a new product, Cybersecurity Tools, to help clients establish clear strategies, capable of preventing and reacting to attacks. Furthermore, practitioners excel in domestic and cross-border implementation of projects involving AI, blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT) issues. Practice head Magda Cocco, who is an established authority in the field, receives key support from Inês Antas de Barros and Maria de Lurdes Gonçalves, who ‘stand out for their technical skills and availability‘.